Business briefs: State to fine Ford millions in blast
Pan Am cleared for service...Backyard trapeze swings recalled...Recall issued for spray string
Construction spending falls in July
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending fell unexpectedly in July, declining 0.5 percent, a sign that one of the economy's strongest sectors is beginning to slow.
Auto industry to top record sales mark
DETROIT -- With low prices and buyers flush with cash, the U.S. auto industry seems poised to blaze past its previous record for yearly sales.
GM, Chrysler report higher sales
DETROIT -- August was a hot month for automakers, as General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG reported strong U.S. sales thanks in part to better rebates and incentives.
Intel Corp. puts chip on market
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. is making a big move into the fast-growing Internet networking business, signaling trouble for some smaller rivals.
Area projects receive federal funds
Michael Chan was like many small business people: High on motivation and short on cash. But he managed to open his auto repair shop, Mighty Brake & Automotive, on Tobacco Road with help from a government loan.
Business briefs: Dow shows first increase in week
NEW YORK -- Technology issues gave Wall Street some strength Wednesday, driving most stocks higher and helping the Dow Jones industrials to their first advance in a week.
New developments could affect interest rates
WASHINGTON -- Growth in the productivity of American workers slowed considerably in the spring, reflecting an easing in the overall pace of economic growth, even while the cost of their labor surged.
Local plant cuts 125 jobs
Avondale Mills' Sibley Plant in Augusta will lose 125 jobs -- half its staff -- as part of the company's latest attempts to modernize the century-old textile plant.
Companies name venture
The equal partnership joint venture between phosphorus chemical-makers Solutia Inc. and FMC Corp. will be called Astaris LLC, the companies announced Wednesday.
Blanchard's legacy continues
In the early 1970s, Don Thornhill drove often from Columbia County to Athens with his passenger, John Pierce Blanchard, in the car beside him.
Freud's theories still stir debate
One hundred years ago, a 43-year-old Viennese neurologist produced a book with an intriguing claim: that dreams express our hidden desires.
Mulch protects gardens
Because of the hot, dry summer, pine straw is falling a bit earlier than usual. Look at it as nature's way of telling you to freshen the mulch in your flowerbeds and ornamental plantings.
Red Lion will stop roaring for a while
The Red Lion Pub, one of Augusta's main showcases for local, regional and national live rock music, is changing management after tonight's show featuring Soul Miner's Daughter.
Welder's a winner
The Augusta Chronicle received more than 50 entries for our contest in search of a hard-working, blue-collar man or woman deserving of a break this Lab
Taking their time
AIKEN -- Starting with a handful of seeds and a few plants, Aiken residents Sam and Linda Christine have tastefully combined various shades of green with deep reds and purples, pale yellows and soft oranges to create the perfect garden haven.
Days of racy TV may be numbered
LOS ANGELES -- Broadcast television is facing tough scrutiny for its nearly all-white slate of new fall series. Here's something else to ponder: It's more off-color as well, according to a new study.
Ramblin' Rhodes: Elvis memorabilia hits auction block
Got lots of dough and want to buy Elvis Presley's report cards, his first RCA Records contract or his medium-size pajamas, which most biographers indicate The King rarely used?
In the know
The next WNBA champion will be determined in a best-of-three series at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
Country star Kershaw craves politics
After blazing onto the contemporary country scene in 1991, Sammy Kershaw thought his music career might last five years.
Labor Day to be rocking
It's the one time of year where labor and relaxation go hand-in-hand. Summer is on its way out. And there's no bigger indication of that than the slate of Labor Day activities spanning the four-day weekend.
Even names on wrestling card are scary
So you thought the World Wrestling Federation would send its second-rung talent to Augusta? It doesn't matter what you think!
Audience loves play's silliness
The cast of Drop Dead! has a problem. While rehearsing the play, members of the cast keep getting murdered. And I mean MURRRRderrred, in that all too familiar melodramatic delivery. (Organ music. Take to the audience.)
Zoos have nothing on workplace
With the Labor Day holiday looming, thoughts of the workplace come to mind. For instance, did you ever think of your little corner of this country's commerce as a zoo?
Augusta officials address possible budget loss
Augusta community and government leaders came together Thursday to discuss proposed budget cuts in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that could cost the city over $2 million in annual grants.
Governor plans to preserve park areas
ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes' plan to preserve 20 percent of Georgia's undeveloped areas for green space has environmentalists excited but some officials concerned that it's only his latest power grab.
Two die in collision with bus
AIKEN -- Jotted in Coroner Sue Townsend's notebook is a quote she will not soon forget: ``We weren't going that fast -- not fast enough to kill him.''
Troopers to crack down over holiday
State troopers from South Carolina and Georgia are preparing for a Labor Day crackdown on motorists who haven't heeded the buckle-up mandate.
ATC receives grant for new facility
LANGLEY -- Susan Graham started her first day as president of Aiken Technical College by accepting big money. She hit pay dirt Wednesday with a $1 million check to help construct a new-age industrial facility on the campus. ATC's benefactor is the Savannah River Regional Diversification Initiative. Commonly called SRRDI, the group was formed to spur economic growth in the wake of defense facility cutbacks at the end of the Cold War.
City shuts off customers' water completely
Jan Findley was appalled when the utilities department cut off water service to her Fairington home after she was caught with her sprinklers on during the last outdoor watering ban.
S.C. lawmaker opposes Bush
COLUMBIA -- A GOP lawmaker is urging Republicans in his district to drop support of Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president because one of his political consultants once had ties to the gambling industry.
Gas prices remain low in Georgia
Despite one of the biggest jumps in gasoline prices in almost a decade, Augusta motorists still will pay the lowest prices in the country when they fill their tanks for the Labor Day weekend.
Airport OKs $15,000 for bird-chasing dog
The solution to the city's airport bird problems may have four legs and a wet nose.
SRS budget won't increase
Savannah River Site's budget likely will remain stagnant for the coming fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Energy's deputy secretary said Wednesday.
United Way kickoff gets year going
It was a pep rally, a kickoff and the first game of the season rolled into one, and team captain Chris Ceasar is determined to turn the 1999 United Way campaign into a championship season.
McDuffie land rezoned for industrial park
THOMSON -- At least part of a controversial industrial park will be built next to Interstate 20 after members of the McDuffie County Commission rezoned 449 acres along State Highway 150.
Woman to serve 10 years for abandoning baby
A judge declined Thursday to reduce a 10-year prison sentence he gave a young Augusta woman who abandoned her newborn to die in a trash bin.
Prosecution to end today
After hours of prodding by his ex-wife and while a hidden tape-recorder rolled, Rodney Richardson finally admitted last October that he killed William ``Al'' Hamilton.
Family business to close its doors
AIKEN - As a steady crowd of breakfast eaters came into Alvanos on Thursday for biscuits and gravy and bottomless cups of coffee, the regulars got more than their $5 check.
Area briefs: Police investigate missing money
Man to have mental evaluation...Delta to continue Albany service...Second worker dies from injuries...Police find suspected weapon...
Teachers focus on freshmen
Two Lucy C. Laney High School teachers are the only ones in the state to secure a grant geared to help freshmen develop an interest -- before their senior year -- in math and science.
EMA director says response team is ready
Richmond County has an experienced team of officials ready for a major emergency, the new EMA director said Wednesday, his first day on the job.
ACLU to fight commandments in City Hall
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The American Civil Liberties Union is gearing up for a legal fight after the Brunswick City Commission endorsed a citizen's request this week to post the Ten Commandments in City Hall.
Students build on skills
During his first year at Lucy Craft Laney High school, Principal Quentin Motley noticed a trend that was unacceptable. ``I looked at the number of freshmen coming in and the number of graduating seniors and I saw that there was a great difference,'' Mr. Motley said. ``If you start out with 250 freshmen, then you should end up with at least 200 graduating, our rate was a little less than that. My concern was why?''
Firm will try to persuade voters
COLUMBIA -- A prominent Columbia public relations firm has been hired to help persuade South Carolina voters to keep video gambling legal.
Construction limited to short days, nights
There's nothing still about the nights along Bobby Jones Expressway. In fact, that's when most of the work gets done.
Area briefs: Accident victims out of hospital
Judge sets $100,000 bond in case...MCG warns of impostor pollsters...Pupil suspended for water gun...Service schedules for Labor Day weekend
Bus incident causes review of rules
A 5-year-old child who was mistakenly identified as a student who walks home, must now wait for his sister so they can ride the bus home together.
Critical time for video gambling
AIKEN -- The next 60 days are crucial to voter turnout on Nov. 2, when South Carolinians will decide whether video gambling stays legal, organizers of the no vote said Thursday.
High speed on dirt road lead to fatal crash
HEPHZIBAH -- High speed on a dirt road was a deadly combination for a Hephzibah woman who was thrown from her sport utility vehicle when she lost control.
DNA evidence submitted
No one has found William ``Al'' Hamilton or his body yet, but investigators testified Thursday that evidence proves he was beaten to death at his south Augusta home.
Commissioners face grand jury
Augusta commissioners met with Richmond County grand jurors for more than two hours Thursday -- and weren't happy about it.
Judge gives man 10 years for cookout stabbing
AIKEN -- A Lexington, S.C., man who stabbed a local man over a hamburger will spend 10 years in prison, an Aiken County judge ordered Thursday.
Radioactive contamination at SRS
Seven Savannah River Site employees were contaminated with plutonium Wednesday.
Schools must report on practices soon
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The deadline for South Carolina schools' first mandated report card on education standards is rapidly approaching, but it hasn't been decided how all that information will be collected.
Judge refuses to dismiss sergeant's case
A U.S. Army judge refused to dismiss misconduct charges against a Fort Gordon drill sergeant Wednesday, ruling the post's commanding general did not unlawfully influence the prosecution of the case.
Mrs. Loreatha Smith
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Loreatha Weaver Smith, 65, of 149 Sleepy Creek Road, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Loreatha Smith
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Loreatha Weaver Smith, 65, of 149 Sleepy Creek Road, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999.
Mr. James Thomas
Mr. James J. Thomas, 80, of 104 E. Watkins St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mrs. Mary Dixon
Mrs. Mary E. Dixon, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mr. Clarence Hudson
WAGENER -- Mr. Clarence Bailey ``C.B'' Hudson, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Lindsey Abrams
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lindsey Abrams, 37, of 897 Kingston Drive, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Evelyn Reddick
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn Taylor Reddick, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Screven County Hospital.
Ms. Susie Middleton
DAVISBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Susie Mae Middleton, 67, of 30 Middleton Circle, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon.
Mrs. Sydney Hubert
Mrs. Sydney Hubert, 88, of 4353 Azelea Drive, Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Julian Hood
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. -- Mr. Julian Hood, 72, of 525 Reeves St., died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin.
Mrs. Norma Joiner
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Norma L. Joiner, 76, of Stevens Creek Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in Wilmington, N.C.
Mr. Wyatte Chamberlain Jr.
MCCORMICK, S.C. -- Mr. Wyatte ``Buster'' E. Chamberlain Jr., 49, of The Oaks Apartments, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. John Singleton
Mr. John I. ``Bubba'' Singleton, 45, of 2028 Kennedy Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Julia Warlick
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Julia McClain Warlick, 81, of Five Notch Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, in Laurens.
Mrs. Virginia Crawford
THOMSON -- Mrs. Virginia M. Crawford, 94, of 511 Mount Pleasant Road, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home.
Mr. Clarence Arrington
Mr. Clarence Albert Arrington, 79, of 918 Beman St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Salem Nursing Home.
Mr. Eddie Collins Sr.
THOMSON -- Mr. Eddie C. Collins Sr., 66, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999.
Mrs. Julia Conner
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- Mrs. Julia Conner, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Washington Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Leonard Barnes Sr.
HARLEM -- Mr. Leonard Barnes Sr., 70, of 6464 Jamison Drive, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Mr. Lucian Hodges Jr.
OCONEE, Ga. -- Mr. Lucian Adam Hodges Jr., of 138 North Brown St., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at the Oconee Nursing Home.
Mr. David Kelly
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mr. David Lee Kelly, 47, of West Martintown Road, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, at his residence.
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marcus C. Ellison, 15, of 400 Woodchase Lane, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Kennestone Hospital.
Mrs. Laura Newby
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Laura Anne Thomas Newby, 91, of 205 East 11th St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at her residence.
Mr. Lee Newman
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Lee Roy Newman, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta.
Ms. Kenrika Cuyler
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Ms. Kenrika Nicole Cuyler, 18, of 124-6 Whispering Oaks Park, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Shays Medical Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Mrs. Charlie Sessions
MILLEN, Ga. -- Mrs. Charlie Mae Sessions, 59, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at Bethany Home Nursing Center.
Rev. Harold Rice
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. -- The Rev. Harold Rice, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Julius Glover
AIKEN -- Mr. Julius Glover, 73, of 188 Willow Run Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Bernice Jenkins
AIKEN -- Mrs. Bernice Johnson Jenkins, 86, of 1363 Toolebeck Road, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. James Phillips Sr.
Mr. James H. Phillips Sr., 45, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at his residence.
Mrs. Lugenia Jones
Mrs. Lugenia Jones, 77, of 3622 Rolling Meadows Drive, died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at Kentwood Nursing Home.
Ms. Dorothy Oliveri
TRENTON, S.C. -- Ms. Dorothy Corinne Oliveri, 62, of 31 James Drive, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 1999, at Columbia- Augusta Medical Center.
Mr. Preston Russell Sr.
Mr. Preston H. Russell Sr., of 1204 Glenwood Drive, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Jennings Health Care.
Mr. Charles Addison
Mr. Charles Leo Addison, 63, of 2008 Shirley Ave., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, at University Hospital.
Mrs. Marie Jones
THOMSON -- Mrs. Marie Jones, 85, of 510 Knox St., died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1999, at Columbia-Augusta Medical Center.
Mrs. Eva Faison
Mrs. Eva Louise Faison, 87, of 2021 First Ave., died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at University Hospital.
Says governor's inaction belies words
After mentioning South Carolina's plans to use part of the tobacco settlement to help keep kids away from nicotine, the Aug. 25 article "Youths hurt by exposure to smoking'' cited Joselyn Butler, spokeswoman for Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, saying that the governor is "thinking'' about such programs. Classic political double-speak.
Jail sentencing rerun?
Gov. Roy Barnes' new Commission on Certainty in Sentencing is well-intentioned, except that it looks like a rerun of a similar panel 10 years ago. Unless something has changed in the meantime (and we don't see that it has), there is little reason to believe this commission will have any more success with its recommendations than the last one did.
Rips 'railing' against school uniforms
A. Jackson's Aug. 12 letter was one negative opinion too many for me regarding Richmond County's mandatory uniform policy. "Freedom of expression,'' "individuality,'' and a reference to "prison systems''? Give me a break!
Hold off on contract
The leadership of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia, which does yeoman work ranging from battling drug addiction to encouraging low-income people to obtain medical evaluations, remains in limbo as the Center's board and an applicant for director wrangle over employment terms.
Remembers beginnings of a 'champ'
I am writing in response to John W. Nixon Jr.'s Aug. 30 letter in regard to the publicized feud between Vernon Forrest and Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes.
A promise ignored
Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to head up a new panel to develop Georgia's stagnant rural economy, is looking at that $4.8 billion tobacco industry settlement money to kick start the program.
Criticizes press coverage of military
I enjoyed the Associated Press article, ``Army fights to keep best soldiers'' in the Aug. 22 paper. The unnamed reporter seemed amazed that the U.S. Army actually refrains from yelling at its soldiers. I must wonder where that reporter has been.
Arena football bet
Frank Lawrence could write the book on taking a bold, midlife gamble. The owner-president of Bobby Jones Ford, never before a player in the sports community, suddenly buys an arena football team to bring to Augusta. What a surprise!
Upgrade SRS safety!
Concern that safety procedures may be getting worse at the Savannah River Site were exacerbated this week with the report that seven workers face weeks of intense medical monitoring after being contaminated with plutonium.
Derides concerns of poker supporter
After reading the letter from R. H. Bevill Jr., we can only conclude that when there are no more ``video poker'' machines, the economy of South Carolina will perish. This is merely the thinking of ``another misguided individual'' who is addicted to gambling.
DSS: narrow escape
Sometimes a jury trial, instead of just deciding guilt or innocence, shines a spotlight on a community problem and, hopefully, points to better ways to deal with the problem. Such was the case in the just-completed emotional trial in Aiken of the state Department of Social Services.
Charges government neglects veterans
The current administration and Congress don't (care) about the welfare of its veterans. We are a pain and a thorn in their sides. They wish all vets would just fade away.
Raps Lakeside's 'unbalanced' program
I would like to congratulate Principal Julius McAnnally and his staff on the many academic awards Lakeside High School has obtained. Mr. McAnnally has strived to provide students some of the best classes and teachers within the state and Southeast.
Raps Augusta's 'political fiefdom'
When will the people of Augusta-Richmond County wise up and throw out this current Commission and all of its hand-picked boards of political puppets? Not only has Tony Martin performed one or more criminal acts, but the six members of the Augusta-Richmond County Personnel Board who returned Mr. Martin to his post should be charged with aiding and abetting a criminal.
Finds dress code protests incredible
I simply cannot believe the fuss so many people are making about the new school dress code. I say to those people, "get a life.''
Calls vouchers 'wealth transfer tax'
I have watched with great interest the debate about school vouchers. It was my understanding that the original concept was to issue each family vouchers that would allow the family to send their children to the school of their choice, whether it be a public school or a private school. The overall goal of this noble idea was to allow parents more say in the quality of education that their children received. It was also hoped that this type of program would encourage and in some cases force the public school system to improve its standards in order to attract quality students (and their vouchers) to the public school system.
Offers thoughts on evolution, religion
The controversy regarding creationists versus evolutionists is an exercise in futility. A solution would be to incorporate a "Religions of the World'' course into the history program. The evolution information belongs in the science program.
JuniorNet protects young surfers
The Internet has much to teach children, but a lot of it you don't want them to learn -- at least not yet.
Panel on radiation risk criticized
WASHINGTON -- A prestigious panel of scientists trying to determine the cancer risks from low doses of radiation is embroiled in controversy even before its first meeting. Critics contend the group is dominated by members beholden to the nuclear industry.
Scientists genetically engineer smarter mice
Scientists have genetically engineered smarter mice, pointing the way to a brave new world in which parents could -- in theory, at least -- create baby Einsteins.
Study: U.S. medical schools not teaching enough "kicking the habit"
CHICAGO -- U.S. medical school graduates are woefully unprepared to help patients quit smoking, the nation's most deadly preventable health care problem, a study concludes.
Web pornographer faces legal challenge over use of 'WhiteHouse.com'
WASHINGTON -- The question of who owns rights to the Internet address www.WhiteHouse.com -- which now peddles pornography -- has reached federal court. But the people pressing the case have nothing to do with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The dog tripped the motion sensor?
OXNARD, Calif. -- Think of it as traffic school with bells and whistles.
El Nino: The good and bad
WASHINGTON -- Despite all of the bad publicity, last year's El Nino may have saved hundreds of lives and was a major boon to the economy, a new study by a leading climatologist indicates.
Faster lane may be only an illusion
The urge to change lanes while driving may be caused by an optical illusion that convinces people the cars in the other lane are going faster, according to a study.
Warm socks may help some people fall asleep, researcher suggests
Wearing socks to bed may not excite your partner, but it just might help you fall asleep. A researcher says people with chronically cold feet might drift off faster if they warm their feet with socks or a hot water bottle.
Intel introduces new Internet chip
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. unveiled a new microprocessor chip today intended for use in devices that route information across the Internet, in an aggressive bid to expand beyond Intel's core business of powering personal computers, where growth has slowed.